Core Academic Courses

BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Computer, Practical Art or Elective)
Students will learn to use different computer applications such as MS Office, MS Movie Maker, Adobe Photoshop and AppInvent. This course is designed for students who do not wish to program the computer. Practical applications for personal and business use are stressed in the areas of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

ECONOMICS

PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Economics requirement, Practical Arts, or Elective)
Principles of Economics includes, but is not limited to, basic concepts of economic theory and its application to national, state, and local issues. Topics include the basic concepts of economics, micro-economic issues, macro-economic issues and international economic issues.

ENGLISH

CREATIVE WRITING
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(English, Humanities, or Elective)
The course is designed for students interested in creative writing. The student will analyze literature, according to style and detail and will apply successful writing standards to his/her own endeavors. The final project for this course is to write a complete book.

ENGLISH 1, 2
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(English requirement)
English 1, 2 is an introductory English course that will focus on the fundamentals of reading, writing, and proper classroom decorum. Students will be expected to demonstrate maturity and responsibility, in addition to a basic understanding of literary terms and essay writing. An academic emphasis will be placed on short stories, novels, poetry, literary terms and the five paragraphs persuasive and expository essays format. Formal assessments will be coupled with creative writing assignments to allow students to practice and apply the terms they learn.

ENGLISH 3, 4
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 10
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: English 1, 2
(English requirement)
English 3, 4 is an English course that will focus on the application of the reading/writing fundamentals and classroom skills learned in English 1, 2. English 3, 4 students will be expected to apply proper classroom decorum to lectures, class discussions and cooperative group learning. In addition to applying literary/poetic terms, students will expand beyond writing a well-structured five paragraph persuasive and expository essay.

ENGLISH 5, 6
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: English 1, 2, 3, 4
(English requirement)
In this year of English, students build upon the fundamentals of writing and various literary genres to not only comprehend, but to find their own method, or voice, for effective written and verbal communication. This course is meant to prepare students for the ACT/SAT as well as give them an introduction to college level reading and writing.

REMEDIAL ENGLISH
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(English elective)
This class is meant to assist, and give extra support for, students with reading and writing struggles. The class is aimed to fill gaps that students may have in their reading and writing instruction. It is a slow-paced, focused class in reading and writing. Students will learn and practice reading skills that they can apply to all reading situations, even outside of English class. The class focuses on building vocabulary and applying inference skills to vocabulary and reading. Students will also work on organization skills and grammar skills in their writing. Students will read a variety of texts, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and practice different styles and forms of writing.

SPEECH AND DEBATE
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 Prerequisite: None
(English elective, Humanities)
This course offers the opportunity to develop competitive speech skills in the areas such as debate, oral interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, original oratory and duet acting. Students may attend tournaments or may participate in community speaking projects to develop poise and self-confidence in the academic skills of public speaking.

ENGLISH 7
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Senior status
(Senior English Requirement, Humanities, Elective)
In this year of English, students explore major movements in American Literature as a tool to master the fundamentals of reading, comprehension and writing. Covering the genres of essay, short story, poetry and plays, the students will learn to identify, analyze, critique and apply each genre’s techniques to their own writing. Much of this course will be based upon writing workshops and group discussion.

ENGLISH 8
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Senior status
(Senior English Requirement, Humanities, or Elective)
Senior English 8 is a survey course that will be dedicated to the learning of the elements of drafting and delivering speeches of an informative, impromptu, persuasive, story- telling and demonstrative nature. We will also examine mock debates, trials, spoken word poetry and how to develop our skills as orators as well as effective listening skills.

ELECTIVES

STUDENT ASSISTANT
Course Length: 1 semester Grades: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0, 3.0, or 5.0. Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
(Elective)
The student will assist the staff members in a variety of ways such as lab preparation, clean up, class organization, clerical duties and media assistant. Student assistants will be given a “G” grade. The student would receive credit but not a grade for G.P.A., class rank or honor roll.

YEARBOOK
Course Length: 2 semesters Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: Teacher approval
(Humanities or Elective)
The yearbook staff produces the school yearbook which entails planning pages, drawing layouts, gathering information, writing copy, and composing pages for the sections of the book with the guidance of the instructor. Ordering, cropping, placing photographs, and selling ads are the duties of editors and staff. Experienced, dependable photographers are needed. Applicants for the editorial staff should be able to write effectively, to do neat work, and to meet deadlines. Yearbook staff are encouraged to provide their own digital camera, memory card and card reader.

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

RELATIONSHIPS
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Practical Arts or Elective)
Relationships is a course designed to explore the major aspects of being in relationships through self-examination of habits and preferences, learning positive communication skills, establishing and questioning value systems and researching and confronting the common obstacles to effective communication. Using the enneagram student will discover their “type” and how other “types” interact with them.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1, 2, 3, 4
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0
(Elective)
Students will learn and practice the alphabet, finger spelling and universal signs of American Sign Language. In the first year course students will be introduced to and explore deaf culture in many different ways. Second-year students will continue to learn and practice the alphabet, finger spelling and universal signs of American Sign Language.

SPANISH 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0
(Humanities or Elective)
This course develops the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, culture, and writing. Through a variety of enrichment activities and a basic text, the student learns to communicate in the language and to appreciate the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The course becomes more advanced as the student progresses through the series.

HEALTH

HEALTH
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Health requirement)
This course will influence attitudes toward health that will promote respect for the human mind and body and the factors which foster optimum healthful living. Good health shall be identified as mental, social, and physical wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. Emphasis will be placed on developing self-esteem and positive interpersonal relationships. The students will be encouraged to explore the emerging health information and develop the ability to weigh the validity of such information for application to their existing health status.

MATHEMATICS

ALGEBRA 3, 4
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Algebra 1,2 and Geometry 1,2
(Math requirement or Elective)
This course follows the approach of making mathematics relevant by using math skills in a problem solving environment. The concepts developed in first year Algebra are reviewed, strengthened, and enriched. The course may include the following concepts: complex number systems, graphing, relations and functions, systems of equations, polynomial functions, determinants, logarithmic and exponential series and sequences, functions, analytic geometry, conic sections, matrices and probability.

ALGEBRA INVESTIGATIONS 1, 2
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(Math requirement or Elective)
This course focuses on mathematics topics including vocabulary, skills and applications to real-life and mathematical situations where students develop critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques.

CONSUMER MATH
Course Length: 2 Semester Grade 12
Credit per semester 5.0 Prerequisite: Algebra Investigations 1, 2, Geometry Investigations 1,2 and Algebra 3,4
(Math requirement or Elective)
Consumer math covers a variety of math skills necessary to be an informed consumer. The course also delves into personal finance topics such as interest rates, taxes as well as saving and borrowing.

GEOMETRY INVESTIGATIONS 1, 2
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 10
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Algebra 1, 2
(Math requirement or Elective)
This course introduces students to the process of logical reasoning through the use of inductive and deductive reasoning in geometry. Included in the curriculum is transformational and coordinate geometry as well as geometric vocabulary and theorems, measurement, angles, lines, planes, polygons, circles, probability and statistics, proportional reasoning, and right triangle trigonometry. It will provide students with the basic concepts involving geometric figures and emphasize the numeral relationships among them.

PRE-ALGEBRA
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None.
(Math requirement or Elective)
Course Description:  This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental knowledge of mathematic concepts, acquisition of basic math skills, and their application to everyday living.

PRE-CALCULUS 1, 2
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 12
Credit per Semester 5.0 Prerequisite: Teacher approval and Algebra 3,4
(Math requirement or Elective)
The student who is planning to take math courses in college should take this course. This course offers an analytical and cohesive study of concepts introduced in previous courses and introduces new topics such as relations, functions, trigonometry and analytical geometry. Theory and rigor are stressed.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 2.0 or 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Physical Ed. or Elective)
Students will learn to focus on maintaining a certain level of fitness, leadership roles in class, developing a positive attitude toward exercise and various activities and practicing healthy living. The mission of the Physical Education Program is to teach students about health related fitness, physical competence in team & individual sports and provide opportunities for students to learn and participate in a variety of lifetime activities. The focus is on leading a healthy lifestyle through a variety of lifetime activities and sports.

SCIENCE

BIOLOGY 1, 2
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 10
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: Phys Science/Earth/Space 1, 2
(Science or Elective)
This course is designed to provide you with the key biological concepts to meet state and district standards. Investigation topics include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, select body systems and ecological interactions among organisms. You will learn Biology skills and processes including problem solving, critical thinking and hands-on laboratory experiences; include dissection.

COLLEGE PREP CHEMISTRY 1, 2
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: 9th/10th grade science and Algebra 3,4 completed or concurrent.
(Science or Elective)
This is a quantitative and descriptive science that deals with the composition of matter, the change of composition of matter, and the energy involved in the changes. Chemistry is also concerned with the properties and structure of matter. Instruction includes laboratory activities and problem solving skills, which lead to increased interest in mathematics, sciences, and engineering, as well as preparation for college programs in these areas.

PHYS SCIENCE/EARTH/SPACE 1, 2
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(Science or Elective)
This course is designed to provide you with a foundation for the basic concepts of physical science including heat, light and sound, Newton’s laws, periodic table, physical and chemical properties, chemical bonding and reactions, atomic structure and conservations of mass and energy. In the areas of earth and space sciences, you will explore the basic concepts of geology meteorology, astronomy and space science and oceanography.

PHYSICS
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: Algebra 3, 4 completed or concurrent; Phys Science/Earth/Space 1, 2, and Biology or Teacher Approval
(Science or Elective)
Physics is the study of motions, forces, energy, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Students will be expected to demonstrate a command of science process skills. They will solve problems by observing demonstration, conducting experiments, and applying math procedures and skills. Physics has applications in many fields including athletics, engineering and technology, liberal arts and medicine and health.

SOCIAL STUDIES

PHILOSOPHY
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Social Studies, Humanities or Elective)
This course aims at being an introduction to philosophical thinking in general rather than to provide a full survey of philosophical disciplines, their methods, doctrines and leading ideas. Instead of trying to give a comprehensive account of all possible forms philosophy has assumed throughout its long history we will zero in on several characteristic examples illustrating how classical and modern thinkers formulate their questions and how they grapple with their issues in contrast to ordinary, religious and scientific consciousness. Consequently, we shall focus on questions. For instance: Is knowledge possible? Does it come from reason or from experience? What is the ultimate substance of the world? Is it material or ideal? Are human actions free or determined? In addition, the course will provide a preliminary orientation about the notion of philosophical argument, its various forms and the ways arguments should be analyzed.

PSYCHOLOGY
Course Length: 2 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Social Studies, Humanities or Elective)
This course will provide you with a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Among the topics we will cover are: gathering data on the causes and correlates of behavior, key figures in psychology and their theories, and using psychological knowledge to improve the quality of our lives. This survey of psychology will acquaint you with the major concepts and terminology of the discipline and give you a better understanding of self and others. We'll use a combination of lectures, video clips, demonstrations, and miscellaneous experiences (be on guard!). I hope it will make you want to learn more about psychology and have you asking "What's the evidence?" each time you encounter statements about behavior. Last of all, it should be fun and interesting!

SOCIOLOGY
Course Length: 2 Semester Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Social Studies, Humanities or Elective)
Students will be introduced to the Sociological study of society. Sociology focuses on social interaction, social organization, social institutions, and social change. Major themes in sociology include relations between the individual and society, how society is stable and changing, cause and consequences of social inequality, and social construction of human life. Sociology helps us explain human patterns and how the patterns change over time in different settings. Through studying social structure and processes we can critically think about our diverse human society.

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (CIVICS)
Course Length: 1 Semester Grade: 11, 12
Credits per Semester: 3.0 Required Prerequisite: None
(American Government requirement, Humanities or Elective)
The opportunity for most United States citizens to acquire the knowledge and dispositions essential for informed effective citizenship is during their school years. Therefore, United States Government is designed to enhance responsible and informed participation in civic life. This course will incorporate the Colorado Civics content standards, and key themes will include the purpose of government and heritage of United States government, comparative governments, the Constitution as a living document, political parties, citizenship rights and responsibilities, state and local government, and government relations to world affairs.

UNITED STATES HISTORY
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 10
Credit per Semester: 5.0 Prerequisite: None
(American History Requirement)
This survey course emphasizes major developments in the history and the heritage of the United States during Reconstruction to the current 21st Century. Standards in history and geography are emphasized as well as an understanding of how past events shape our future.  

WORLD HISTORY
Course Length: 2 Semesters Grade: 9
Credit per Semester: 3.0 Prerequisite: None
(Social Studies or Elective)
This survey course emphasizes major developments in the history and the heritage of the World’s civilizations beginning with Ancient Greece and continuing to the 21st Century. The subject matter will consist of cultures, government types, and progress of nations, global interdependence, and modern world problems. Standards in history and geography are emphasized as well as an understanding of how past events relate to current events.